ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9189
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- 1970s home movies, 1970s dashboard camera, 1970s family life, 1970s church, 1970s technology, 1970s cameras, 1970s marching band, 1970s airplanes, 1970s vehicles, 1970s air show, Atlantic City, Williamsburg, 1970s camping, 1970s nature, 1970s campsites, rural Virginia, 1970s roads, Skyline Caverns, Ocean City, 1970s car show, Stainton’s, 1977, 1970s, Northfield, New Jersey, Al Larvick Fund
The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Descriptions by Jini Virtue Errichetti
This clip is part of the Arthur H. Virtue collection. Arthur H. Virtue is the primary filmmaker in this collection. His daughter, Virginia Errichetti is the current custodian of the family films. This collection was conserved and digitally transferred through a grant awarded to Virginia Errichetti by the Al Larvick Conservation Fund in partnership with its sponsor Pro8mm. For more information about this collection, visit https://www.allarvickfund.org/films-of-arthur-h-virtue/
The mission of the Al Larvick Conservation Fund is to preserve historical and cultural heritage through conservation, education, and the public accessibility of American home & amateur analog audiovisual materials. For more information, visit allarvickfund.org. Please respect the creative commons licensing assigned to this collection.
The main family members captured in this collection are:
Father/Filmmaker: Arthur H Virtue 4/1/1914 - 12/31/1986
Wife/Mother: Virginia Florence Magowan 3/2/1918 - 7/23/2005
Daughter: Lois Jean Virtue
Son: Arthur Magowan Virtue
Nephew: James Albert Virtue
Son: Vance Charles Virtue
Niece: Wendy Martin Virtue
Daughter: Virginia (Jini) Lyn Virtue Errichetti
Others in this footage include Minnie (Wilimina) Leticia Hagen, Arthur’s mother-in-law, Minnie (Wilimina) Leticia Hagen and Martha Agnes Kennedy 1874-1960, Arthur’s mother. Additional family members include Arthur’s grandchildren, Vicki, David, Lynn, and Diane. Arthur’s hometown was Northfield, New Jersey, a small town not far from Atlantic City where he worked on the boardwalk.
Collection title: The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Original format: Super 8 & 8mm film, color, black & white, silent.
Digital format: Footage captured at a standard definition format of 720 x 486 resolution.
Collection size: Approx. 8000ft
Circa: mid 1950s - mid 1980s
Arthur enjoyed “playing around with film and photography,” often shooting trick shots and animating objects and titles for his film. He built a darkroom in the cellar and would often experiment with double exposures and overlays. He also inadvertently became a historical filmmaker as he documented his time working in Atlantic City during the 30’s – 70’s and the many trips the family would take to New York City, Philadelphia, and other areas along the eastern seaboard. He built a frame to hold his Super 8 camera and would shoot miles of the highway as he drove.
1977. (0:08) We see Virginia dressed in colonial garb in the parking lot of their church for some type of event. “My mother wasn't a seamstress but could sew well enough to put costumes like this together. The colors are very vibrant and it’s nice to see these faces,” writes Jini. “I spent a lot of time at that church.” Others are dressed similarly. (0:20) There’s an old man in colonial garb with a red feather in his hat. The event appears to be some sort of lunch as numerous families are seated at tables eating food. (0:36) One of the women speaks to the group and the camera zooms in on the people eating. (1:02) Shot of a man in a red vest who is also documenting the event with a camera. (1:26) A woman takes a photo of a couple in their costumes. (1:52) A woman holding a baby. The camera zooms in on her face. (2:01) A group of women link hands and dance in a circle around someone.
(2:26) Now we are at one of Jini’s band competitions. We see shots of the various marching band acts holding flags and performing in traditional uniforms. People in the bleachers jump and cheer.
(3:37) The annual Air Show in Atlantic City. Arthur films a plane flying and flipping through the sky. It is often difficult to make out the plane. (4:12) A colorful parachutist leaving behind a pink smoke trail. There’s an American flag attached to the back of the parachute. He descends into the crowd. There are numerous people on the ground staring up. (4:34) Another plane shoots into the air. (4:37) A red biplane flies close to the crowd and back into the air. (5:35) A plane lands on a runway in front of the crowd. (6:00) Another parachute lands. (6:07) A parachute in the air. There are also 4 planes leaving behind smoke trails. (6:51) The parachute lands while the planes fly in sync, diving and looping. The fly at each other and nearly miss. The also dive close to the crowd below.
(10:23) We go back in time a few years to a road trip to Williamsburg, VA. The family rented a pop-up camper for the second and last time. We see the car, trunk popped, parked next to the camper. Jini observes the scene while the camera pans around the show the landscape. (10:44) We see the rest of the campgrounds complete with picnic tables and other trailers. (11:01) Dashboard camera footage of the road. We see other cars and an overpass. (11:17) The car is now on some sort of bridge. (11:26) More of the open road. (11:46) An elevated road next in the mountains. (12:13) Car passes by a “Welcome to Virginia” sign and some billboards that are difficult to read. (12:44) A shot of the landscape that zooms in on the camper in the distance. It in front some sort of cabin. (13:03) Closer shots of the campsite. (13:14) Shot of the mountains in the distance. (13:27) Jini exits the camper in her pajamas and sits at a table. (13:53) Panning shot of the landscape. (14:03) Now Virginia exits the camper and walks over to the table. (14:23) Dashboard camera as the car exits the campground. (14:45) More shots of the road. We see some other campers walking around. (15:45) Car gets onto the main road. (16:02) Car enters an area marked “parking area.”
(16:11) Virginia and Jini messing around while walking towards a building for “Virginia’s Famous Skyline Caverns” (http://www.skylinecaverns.com/). (16:29) Arthur appears to have given Jini control of the camera as he and Virginia point out the building. (16:45) Back on the dashboard cam in rural Virginia. Dirt roads galore. (17:17) Quick shot of campsite. (17:19) More road. There’s a road sign for Skyline Drive.
(18:57) Now we are in Ocean City, NJ. Virginia waves at the camera before walking towards a building. (19:12) Camera zooms in on a car. The event appears to be some type of car show in November or December judging by holiday decorations. There’s a shopping mall called Stainton’s which is still in Ocean City today (http://staintons.com/). (19:43) More shots of the cars. People are walking around and observing them. The footage is somewhat dark.
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